Story Title: ‘How to Fall in Love with an Air Hostess’ by Harvey Marcus
Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk)
Date Read: 24th July 2011
Briefly: Our ‘instructor’ finds himself on a mundane train journey from London Paddington to Cardiff Centre; mundane that is until his gaze moves across the carriage diagonally and he spots ‘a pretty girl in an air hostess uniform’. So begins a lesson on ‘How to Fall in Love with an Air Hostess’.
Afterthoughts: Firstly, a disclaimer: I’m something of an acquaintance of Harvey Marcus, the author behind this story. Does that mean I’m going to be bias with my appraisal? Hell no, but fact of the matter Harvey thrilled me with this tale (the first I’ve ever read from him, may I add). He’s a clever writer – with a wicked sense of humour – and he demonstrates with this story, which is loosely presented in the form of an instruction manual, that he has a seam of fresh creativity running through him. Still waters run deep and all that, eh? Seriously though, this a thoroughly entertaining story, and it’s one in my reading experience, that’s wholly unique. Good job, that man!
This story was read as part of a review of the Various Authors Anthology, Volume 1. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.